VALLEY FUTURES FORUM
When: Today, 5 p.m.
Where: Great Valley Center, 201 Needham Ave.
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Info: The Valley Futures Forum will present guest speaker Keith Bergthold, who will talk about "New Models for Land Development in the San Joaquin Valley: Fresno's Southeast Growth Area." Tickets are $10. The presentation and discussion is followed by an optional, no-host dinner at a nearby restaurant in downtown Modesto. For more information, go to www.valleyfuturesforum.org.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING
When: Today, 6 p.m.
Where: Elks Lodge, 645 Charity Way
Info: The Central Valley Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting. The meeting is free and open to the public. There will be a chicken and steak buffet dinner. The cost is $12. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, call Patty Hughes at 869-5609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Modesto Junior College, Forum 101, 435 College Ave.
Info: Modesto Junior College's Civic Engagement Project will show the documentary film "The Betrayal." The film presents a historical and personal perspective of a Laotian family that escapes to the United States where they confront new challenges as immigrants. A discussion will follow, with comments from local Laotian residents Bouaphanh Boudsady and her son, Kedsana. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dan Onorato at 526-5436.
BLACK HISTORY PRESENTATION
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: King-Kennedy Memorial Center, 601 Martin Luther King Way
Info: The Modesto-Stanislaus NAACP will present an overview of Black History Month and the history of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The U.S. Census Bureau will present information and answer questions about the 2010 census. For more information, go to www.naacpmodesto.org.
VETERANS SERVICES MEETING
When: Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 2801 W. Hatch Road
Info: Carolyn Hebenstreich from Veterans Services will be available to answer questions about veterans' benefits and what is available for them. Veterans and family members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 537-3360.
CHILDREN'S CRISIS CENTER FUND-RAISER
When: Through Feb. 28
Where: Downtown Turlock
Info: Downtown Turlock is providing special discounts to anyone who donates $10 to the Children's Crisis Center. For a list of participating businesses and discounts, go to www.turlockdowntown.com. Become a fan of Turlock Downtown's page on Facebook to receive updates on what has been raised throughout the month. For more information, call Trina Walley at 634-6459.
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